What is an arrest warrant?
An arrest warrant is what enables police forces to search for an arrest an individual named by an arrest warrant. Having a Jackson County FL arrest warrant in your name does not mean that you are guilty, but it does mean that the state wishes to prosecute you in a court of law.
How are arrest warrants created?
For an arrest warrant to be created, a crime must first be committed. Once local law enforcement officials determine who the likely suspects of the crime are, they can visit a local judge, whom can then authorize an arrest warrant. You can read the full details of this process at the website of the Florida Bar at floridabar.org.
How can I find out if I have an active Jackson County arrest warrant?
There are a couple of different ways to make this determination. You can contact the sheriff of Jackson County, either in person or over the telephone, at 4012 Lafayette Street, in Marianna, or at 850-482-9664. The Jackson County Sheriffs Office used to provide a contact form on their website, but according to their Facebook Page, the website is currently under construction.
You can also conduct a statewide database from the Florida Crime Information Center at pas.fdle.state.fl.us, which posts results of all persons wanted by the state of Florida.
What should I do if I have an arrest warrant?
The first thing that you should do is contact a defense attorney. You should not attempt to flee to another county, as arrest warrants are valid on a statewide basis in Florida.
Where can I find criminal records and crime statistics for Jackson County?
You can use the state provided criminal records search at web.fdle.state.fl.us, or you can use the above search form to instantly search through an online criminal records database.